Sargent wins first round of national programming contest
David Sargent, a Mustang High School junior, recently won $400 for the school with a win in the first round of the Microsoft "Imagine This" contest for software developers. It's a national contest for students from FIRST robotics teams.
For winning the first round, MHS robotics will receive $400. The contest will continue throughout April with 4 more rounds to go. The winner of each round will receive $400 and the grand prize winner, the team with the highest point totals in their three best rounds, will receive an additional $10,000 grant.
For this contest, David programmed a Java script based Java editor. It runs fully client-side, in the browser.
"A person can take a specific URL that has code you want to use and put that in the URL and it will take that code, pull it from the server and allow you to edit it," he said.
David has been programming since the 6th grade. As part of the engineering club in middle school he won third place in a state TSA Electrical Applications competition. In eighth grade, he took third at state in website design, electrical applications and video game design.
After graduation, David plans to double major in electrical engineering and computer science and then pursue a master's in computer science.